Information sent on behalf of Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Good Afternoon, Hemingfords District Members –
Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 16th to 22nd July:
Meadow Lane, Hemingford Grey – Police were called to a field off Meadow Lane, Hemingford Grey, on Tuesday evening, 16th July, where the Fire Brigade were dealing with a blaze in a stack of hay on a trailer. The incident is being treated as arson. (Ref 35/50851/19)
Potton Road, Hilton – Police assisted a disabled driver who had had a puncture and was marooned in the car on Potton Road, Hilton, on Wednesday morning, 17th July. The driver had called their own recovery service for help but response was delayed, so officers managed to move the vehicle off the main road to a safe location. (Ref CC-17072019-0116)
Houghton Lock – Police were called to Houghton Lock on Wednesday afternoon, 17th July, following a report of young people jumping into the river, climbing on the lock superstructure and lighting a barbecue on a concrete jetty. Officers spoke to several groups of people found at the site, explaining the dangers of playing in the water as well as pointing out that the land is private property. They also ensured that the barbecue was fully extinguished by dousing it with a bucket of water. (Ref CC-17072019-0298)
A14 Galley Hill – Police were called to a collision between a lorry, a van and a car at the Galley Hill junction on the A14 on Wednesday afternoon, 17th July. The vehicles had impacted the central reservation and the outside lane of the eastbound carriageway was blocked. One person was reported to have been slightly hurt. (Ref CC-17072019-0322)
Manor Road, Hemingford Grey – There was a break-in at a community building on Manor Road, Hemingford Grey, overnight on Wednesday 17th / Thursday 18th July. Once inside, the intruders broke through an internal door and carried out an untidy search of several areas before leaving having stolen cash and other items. (Ref 35/50986/19)
A1096 Galley Hill – Police were called to a collision between a car and a lorry on the A1096 at Galley Hill early on Friday morning, 19th July. Fortunately no-one was hurt but the damaged car needed to be towed away by recovery services. (Ref CC-19072019-0055)
A14 Hemingford Grey – Thieves siphoned off virtually an entire tank of diesel fuel from a lorry parked up for the night in a layby on the A14 at Hemingford Grey on Friday 19th / Saturday 20th July. (Ref 35/51479/19)
And Finally… Coping With The Hot Weather
It is expected that we shall see the hottest days of the year so far this week. Lovely though the sunshine is, extreme heat can pose health risks as well as providing opportunities for burglars.
Health Advice from the NHS:
The NHS has provided the following information on how to cope with the heat:
A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:
older people, especially those over 75
babies and young children
people with a serious long-term condition, especially heart or breathing problems
people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson's disease or who have had a stroke
people with serious mental health problems
people on certain medicines, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
people who misuse alcohol or drugs
people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports
More information and advice is on the NHS website at:
The Police are giving the following advice about crime prevention in hot weather:
As we enter the peak summer period, burglars may take advantage of unlocked doors or open windows - a property that presents itself as insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.
Please take don’t leave ground floor windows or doors open or unlocked, and ensure they are closed and locked when you go to bed at night. It only takes a second for a thief to enter a home and take things, often without being noticed.
Further advice to keep homes secure over the summer includes:
Always close and lock windows and doors when leaving the property – even a small open window could entice a burglar.
Keep car and house keys out of sight and away from windows and doors.
If you’re in the garden, make sure windows and doors at the front of the property are secure.
Do not leave valuables on display through windows.
Ensure that any side entrance is secure, locked and not easy to climb over, even when someone is at home.
Consider installing a visible security light or alarm to deter criminals.
Going on holiday? Make arrangements to make sure the house appears occupied whilst it’s unoccupied. Put lights on a timer or ask a neighbour to come and pick up mail and draw curtains. Don’t advertise being on holiday on social media.
…and last of all - NEVER leave animals in cars in hot weather.
Many people still believe that it's fine to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they are parked in the shade, but the truth is, it's still a very dangerous situation for the dog.
A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it does not feel that warm. When it is 22 degrees outside, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.
If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999
To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:
Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.
As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:
the '101' non-emergency telephone number;
the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site - click on the green icon;
Alternatively, you can use 'Crimestoppers' to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.
In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use '999'.
Chris Shaw, PSV
St Ives Police Station
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Chris Shaw (Police, PSV - Online Communities, Huntingdonshire - St Ives)